Unreal Tournament

Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Posted on 2007-07-06


Developer: Secret Level Publisher: Infogrames
Release Date: March 13, 2001 Also On: PC & PS2

In 2001, the Dreamcast was already announced dead. Thankfully, the memo didn't reach Infogrames and id in time, as they went ahead with their releases of Unreal Tournament and Quake III: Arena on the system that would keep the system alive a little longer. Even better, the Dreamcast has a keyboard and mouse that can be used in these first-person shooters on a system that lacked the essential dual analog sticks.

Unreal Tournament was in direct competition with Quake III: Arena. At its time of release, Unreal Tournament for the Dreamcast had 20 new maps that were not on the PC. It also featured both modem and broadband online multi-player for up to eight players. Unfortunately, with the demise of SegaNet, online play is no longer an option. Still, the split-screen multi-player allows for up to four players in seamless offline play. I would argue that it lived up to the competition quite well.

Unreal Tournament has four game modes to choose from: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Domination and Capture the Flag. Today, these are all standard multiplayer sets. The single player Unreal Tournament has you climbing a ladder (think Mortal Kombat, kind of). You will face off against opponents in a variety of competitions, mainly Deathmatch. The last level of the ladder is a boss fight that get progressively harder as you advance.

As you can imagine, with most first-person shooters, the weapon selection is pretty sweet. You have a machine gun, pistol, shock rifle, flak cannon, rocket launcher, sniper rifle, pulse gun, even a chainsaw. Not all of the guns are very satisfying or effective. The bio-rifle fires toxic waste and tends to miss its target quite often. Overall though, there are several weapons to choose from and most of them are pretty fun to use.

If you play the single-player, you definitely will notice how graphically impressive this game is. The developers put a big emphasis on making Unreal Tournament look splendid. I would go so far as to say it looks about as good as early Xbox games. Better yet, the single-player is fun to play. The bots are intelligent and can be adjusted depending on your skill level. There are a number of mode options available to you against either human or computer AI in single-player. Low gravity, faster or slower play, etc. are all options.

Unreal Tournament for the Dreamcast is one of the best first-person shooter experiences of the early part of this decade. It might have stuck around for a longer time if the Dreamcast had not gone out of production and a little game named Halo not been released in the same year. This game was clearly built for online play and multi-player in general, but the single-player is fun as well. Without online play, the package loses a lot of its value. Nonetheless, this is the best first-person shooter on Dreamcast.

Graphics: 10
Sound: 8.5
Gameplay: 9.5
Creativity: 9
Replay Value/Game Length: 9
Final: 9.3
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Reviewed by Kyle Bell